Emanuel G. PappasBakerServices for Emanuel G. Pappas, who...


October 28, 1991

Emanuel G. Pappas


Services for Emanuel G. Pappas, who baked spinach pies and pastries for Baltimore's Greek community, will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St.

Mr. Pappas, who lived in the 2300 block of Eastern Avenue near Patterson Park, died Friday of a stroke at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a long illness. He was 63.

A native of the island of Rhodes, Greece, he came to the U.S. as a teen-ager in 1946 as Emanuel Papademetriou. He changed his name to Pappas for business reasons when he became a U.S. citizen in 1951, but his family carried on the Papademetriou name.

He was schooled in Greece during the Italian occupation of Rhodes during World War II. As a result, he spoke fluent Greek and Italian. He learned English in the United States.

Mr. Pappas got his first U.S. job in an Ambridge, Pa. steel mill. A year later, he came to Baltimore to be with his father, who also emigrated after the family's farmland on Rhodes was confiscated during the war.

In 1948, he married Pauline Pokhias, an American-born woman whose family was from the same village on Rhodes. The marriage was arranged in the traditional Greek style by their families. The couple went on to raise five children.

Mr. Pappas first worked here in the bakery department of the Western Maryland Dairy, and he later was a dry cleaner, a city transit employee and a cab driver, "anything possible to survive and raise five children," said his daughter, Maria Papademetriou.

But it was as a baker of moussaka, baklava and other Greek specialties that Mr. Pappas was best known. He worked as a master chef for various caterers, including Le Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie. Beset by health problems over the past two decades, he still did special baking for the Greek community's weddings and private parties.

Meanwhile, his East Baltimore home "became a mini-Ellis Island for all his family," Ms. Papademetriou said, as Mr. Pappas' Greek sisters, nephews, nieces and cousins made it their first stop as immigrants.

Mr. Pappas last visited Rhodes in 1971. But his daughter, Maria, an artist, moved there in 1980 and managed to reclaim the family's land.

In his last years, Mr. Pappas stayed busy helping to raise his grandchildren and catering occasional affairs.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by two sons, James E. Papademetriou of Monkton, and George E. Papademetriou of Corpus Christi, Texas; two other daughters, Anastasia Rajewski of Baltimore, and Estella Padbury of Sausalito, Calif; two sisters, Bessie Panagiotopoulos of Baltimore, and Paraskevi Athanasopoulos of Seattle; six granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret S. King, a retired Calvert County teacher, community activist and Republican political leader, died of pneumonia Oct. 3 at Calvert Memorial Hospital. She was 78.

The former Margaret Shields was born and educated in Bethlehem, Pa. She received a teaching degree from the Moravian College for Women in 1934 and began her career in the steel town.

In 1948, she moved to Calvert County and taught Latin, German and English at the county high school for 20 years. Mrs. King retired but continued to teach Sunday school at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where she was also active in the women's league.

Mrs. King was a charter member of the Calvert County Lioness Club. She also was a past president of the Calvert County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Calvert Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Keenly interested in politics, Mrs. King campaigned unsuccessfully in the early 1960s on the Republican ticket for a county commissioner seat. She was appointed several years later to the county's liquor board.

She was the first woman to chair the county's Republican Central Committee, from 1974 to 1977, and was co-author of a political column for the Calvert Independent newspaper.

Mrs. King is survived by her husband of 55 years, Boyd King; three sons, Frederick B. King of Monroe, La., Michael S. King of Prince Frederick and Christopher King of Calvert; two daughters, Margaret K. Miller of Solomon Islands and Candace E. King of San Diego; a sister, Lee Buttterfield of Bethlehem; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

A memorial service was held Oct. 7 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Prince Frederick.

The family suggests that donations be made to the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 99, Prince Frederick, Md. 20678.

Eileen Silbermann

Philosophy professor

A Mass of Christian Burial for Eileen Zieget Silbermann, a retired philosophy professor and feminist,will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, 2801 N.Charles St.

Mrs.Silbermann, a lifelong Baltimorean,died Thursday at her home in Homewood after a five-year bout with cancer. She was 66.

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